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In Their Own Words

May 13, 1863

Mocking Hooker, Mourning Jackson

A Georgia Civil War soldier writing to a friend after the Battle of Chancellorsville had some mocking words for the Union commander, and also noted the passing of Stonewall Jackson.

“… In the late engagements we gained a signal victory over ‘fighting Joe’ (or as some call him ‘fainting Joe’); but the Confederacy has sustained a great loss in the death of Gen. Jackson; but I hope more Jacksons will rise up in defense of our cause. Jackson was certainly wounded by our own men. …”

Source: Clyde G. Wiggins III (ed.), My Dear Friend: The Civil War Letters of Alva Benjamin Spencer, 3rd Georgia Regiment, Company C (Macon, Mercer University Press, 2007), p. 74.